FOUR BITS: NCAA Tournament, Walker, Beal

By Adam Silverstein
March 21, 2013

1 » With the 2013 NCAA Tournament set to begin, yet another statistical model has predicted the three-seed Florida Gators to come out of the event victorious. This model comes via Sports Illustrated; it has correctly predicted half of the Final Four participants over the last six years as well as five of six champions. For 2013, the model has a Final Four of Florida, Louisville, Indiana and Gonzaga with the Gators pulling out their third national title in school history.

2 » Georgia Tech has also created its own computerized prediction system – the Logistic Regression/Markov Chain – that has predicted the national champion in three of the last five years. What conclusion did it come to this year? A Final Four of Florida, Louisville, Indiana and Gonzaga with the Gators once again coming out on top as the champion. “It’s the first time in the LRMC’s 10-year history a team that isn’t a number one seed is picked to win the title,” according to Georgia Tech. Read more about this model and its Florida projection by clicking here.

3 » Florida guard/forward DeVon Walker has not seen much court time during the 2012-13 season but remains confident that he will be able to contribute to the Gators in the future. “When you come into a major university you have these dreams,” he told The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway. “You see the sky is the limit and then you get here and you realize our role and it’s just a process of accepting it.” Walker has compensated for his lack of playing time by busting his butt in practice and ensuring that head coach Billy Donovan notices how hard he is working. Donovan has done just that and said he was prepared to give Walker more playing time when Florida was suffering through injury woes earlier in the season.

4 » For the third time this season, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has injured his left ankle. On Wednesday while playing against Phoenix, Beal rolled up on his ankle and did not return to the game. He was unable to put pressure on the ankle and hobbled on his way to the locker room. Beal missed two weeks earlier in the season with his last ankle injury; his ailments have really put a dent in his bid to become NBA Rookie of the Year. Though Portland G Damian Lillard appears to have the award locked up at this point, Beal has been going strong over the last third of the season and now averages 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for Washington.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    I’ve got a model that says if we don’t learn how to play with a lead–tough, smart, POISED basketball that slows down, works the clock, takes good shots, and continues to play defense BEFORE the other team catches back up to you–then we won’t get past the UCLA/Minn winner.

    I’ve seen some talent from this team. Would love to see a little more heart (e.g. St. Mary’s, Davidson, Harvard, to name a few who make the most out of their talent).

    All that being said, March Madness continues to be the greatest sporting event on this planet, eclipsing even NHL playoff hockey and World Cup soccer for sheer intensity and magic. Watched Colorado State and Missouri go at each other last night like rabid pitbulls on meth for 2 hours straight. 150% and 150 mph on every possession. Heart and guts all over the place from both teams. Left it all on the court. Breathtaking basketball.

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